An unusual undulating facade has been retrofitted to a building in Bottrop, west central Germany, as part of a complete energy-efficiency overhaul by architectural practice Oliver Helmke in cooperation with Bayer Material Sciences and Innovation City Bottrop.
Architect Anna Vering Location Bottrop - Germany Company involved ThyssenkruppSteel Website http://www.thyssenkrupp-steel-europe.com
The cigar-like shape of Barcelona’s 38-storey Torre Agbar was inspired, according to its principal architect Jean Nouvel, both by the image of a geyser rising into the air and the profile of the nearby mountain of Montserrat.
Images courtesy of Rafael Vargas
Architect Jean Nouvel Location Barcelona - Spain Company involved Alucoil Website http://www.alucoil.com
Swedish Pavilion - Shangai Expo
Designing the Swedish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo was a slightly less daunting task than designing many of the other pavilions, because it had a clearly defined function. What makes these projects so difficult in general is the almost entirely open-ended nature of the brief – they have to convey something about the national character, and house an exhibition, but beyond that and the physical limitations of the site, it is possible to do anything. In the case of the Swedish Pavilion, however, there was at least a requirement to house meetings with potential trade partners, and this gave the design more of a functional programme than is customary.
Images courtesy of August Wiklund, Sweco, & Petter Eldin
Architect Sweco (Johannes Tüll) Location Shangai - China Company involved SSAB Website http://www.ssab.com